Blog July 26, 2006

Public Service Podcasting – at last!

Congratulations to Conn Ó Muíneacháin (a recent commenter here) who has just secured funding from the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland to produce and present

An Líonra Sóisialta (The Social Network), a series of 64 short episodes over 13 weeks, which aims to introduce the radio-listening, Irish-language community to the world of online social networking.

This is the first time that an Irish podcaster has received funding from the public sector – not to mention – an Irish language podcaster. With all the recent discussion in the Irish blog world about the demise of Rattlebag and the Mystery Train; the demise of the public service remit and the increase in “reality” broadcasting, this investment is money very well spent. Comhghairdeas a Chonn!

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  • Conn O Muineachain July 28, 2006 at 4:31 am

    Go raibh maith agat Annette!
    I just want to make the point: this is funding for a radio show, rather than a podcast as such. By that I mean that I had to have a committment up front from a licensed Irish radio station that they will broadcast the show if it gets funding. (Thanks, Flirt FM!)
    So before you apply to the BCI for funding, you must first convince a radio station to broadcast it. That’s where having an already successful podcast becomes an advantage!

  • annette July 28, 2006 at 7:32 am

    thanks for that distinction Conn – but the power of the podcast is the thing and I guess if it’s good enough it’s good enough!